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Latest developments in high-power tunable CW narrow line thulium fiber laser for deployment to the ISTEF
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Paper Abstract

We have designed and developed a grating based thulium (Tm) doped fiber laser with ~150 nm tuning range which is used as the master oscillator in a master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) thulium fiber laser system. Due to thermal instability in the grating used for tuning, the MO could produce a power up to 4.5 W, beyond which the oscillator became unstable. Injecting the seed laser into a bidirectionally pumped large mode area (LMA) Tm fiber amplifier, a stable, tunable, narrow linewidth high beam quality amplified signal of >100 W was achieved. In the absence of stable and sufficiently high power from the seed laser, the amplifier could not be tested to its full potential. The amplifier was also, converted into an oscillator to investigate its power handling capability. An excellent beam quality and ~200 W of power were achieved by running the power amplifier as an oscillator. Operation stability of the oscillator was measured to be more than one hour with a minimum power fluctuation of 0.5%. Currently efforts are underway to increase the seed laser power to ~10 W, large enough to reduce ASE and mitigate feedback to the master oscillator to demonstrate a 200 W, tunable (150 nm) and narrow linewidth (0.15 nm) MOPA system. The MOPA system will be one of a number of new state-of-the-art high power lasers to be located at the Innovative Science & Technology Experimentation Facility, creating a unique laser range facility for next generation studies and tests across a broad range of sciences and technologies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 May 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7325, Laser Technology for Defense and Security V, 73250B (9 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.820814
Show Author Affiliations
Vikas Sudesh, College of Optics & Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Timothy S. McComb, College of Optics & Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Robert A. Sims, College of Optics & Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Lawrence Shah, College of Optics & Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Martin Richardson, College of Optics & Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
John Stryjewski, Computer Sciences Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7325:
Laser Technology for Defense and Security V
Mark Dubinskii; Stephen G. Post, Editor(s)

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